academic year


Definition of academic year 

: the annual period of sessions of an educational institution usually beginning in September and ending in June

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Also on Wednesday, the NCAA and Pizza Hut announced in a joint statement the extension of their partnership through the 2020-2021 academic year, a union that began in 2016. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Pizza Hut extends deal as NCAA’s 'Official Pizza' amid Papa John's woes," 12 July 2018 The tests are administered in fall, winter and spring to students in second through ninth grade and predict the rate of student growth within and across the academic year. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "D203 hunts for a better way to measure student achievement," 19 June 2018 Gemini season corresponds with the transition from spring to summer, perfectly capturing the nostalgic feeling of concluding an academic year and preparing for warm-weather adventures. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's June 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2018 The men’s basketball score represented a four-year rolling average, or from academic years 2013-14 through 2016-17. Dom Amore,, "UConn Basketball Teams Post Strong APR Scores," 23 May 2018 Haider said Sheikh was about to return home: The academic year was ending, so she was almost done with her cultural exchange. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect confesses in Texas high school shooting that left 8 students, 2 teachers dead," 19 May 2018 Tribal Support Dental therapists are required to receive at least three academic years of instruction, compared to dentists who generally have a Bachelor’s degree and attend a four-year dental program. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill allowing 'dental therapists' to practice in Arizona," 17 May 2018 Despite a record increase in enrollment of transfer students across the University of California system, UC Davis admitted fewer transfer students for the upcoming academic year than in previous years. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "UC Davis admits fewer transfer students but more Californians overall, school says," 11 July 2018 The graduation capped a tumultuous academic year for the college, beset by painful budget cuts and protests from students, faculty, and staff over the acquisition of Mount Ida College in Newton by UMass Amherst. Margeaux Sippell,, "Educator Geoffrey Canada urges UMass Boston graduates to make world a better place," 25 May 2018

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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: the time during a year when a school has classes

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